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The Light in the Ruins - Chris Bohjalian
The Light in the Ruins
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge—set in war-ravaged Tuscany. 1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of... show more
From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge—set in war-ravaged Tuscany. 1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate’s gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding hospitality, and what was once their sanctuary becomes their prison. 1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case—a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood—Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history. Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, The Light in the Ruins unveils a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385534819 (0385534817)
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 309
Edition language: English
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Tellulah Darling
Tellulah Darling rated it
5.0 Captivating mystery of The Light in the Ruins
This was my first Chris Bohjalian book and I'm really glad I've been introduced to his writing. The Light in the Ruins is a fascinating mystery that plays out in Italy between 1955 - the time of the murder, and 1944 - the reason for it. He brings an incredible amount of detail to his historical fict...
Bluebird
Bluebird rated it
3.0 The Light in the Ruins
The novel opens with the grisly murder of Francesca, the daughter-in-law of Marchese Rosati, in 1955. The murderer tells us he is targeting the entire Rosati family. The question is: Why? While the detectives work to solve the crime and protect the other family members, the author slowly reveals eve...
Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it
3.0 The Light in the Ruins
Review first posted on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-light-in-ruins.htmlThe Light in the Ruins is a story of World War II as it comes to Italy and a story of a war vendetta carried out about ten year later. The story moves back and forth between the two time periods, sl...
Denise
Denise rated it
3.0 The Light in the Ruins
I was a bit disappointed in this book. I spent the whole book dying to know who was the killer and when I found out who it was at the end it felt like a letdown. I don't think it helped much that I didn't really like anyone in the Rosati family either. I was annoyed with how naive Cristina was, and ...
Nicole~
Nicole~ rated it
4.5 stars"There is no greater sorrow than to recall our time of joy in wretchedness." -Dante1943-44 near the end of German occupation in Tuscany, the Rosatis, a titled family, entertained and danced with the enemy at their Villa Chimera. They were favored by the Germans while the ravages of war play...
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